Paris rolled out and will challenge OM in the next round. PSG largely won against fans from the US Pays de Cassel in the last round of 16 of the Coupe de France (0-7), Monday evening in Lens. The party was great at Stade Bollaert but Christophe Galtier’s men enforced logic and the 5 divisions difference. Kylian Mbappé stood out with no less than five goals scored.
Paris ended up crushing its modest opponent but made a very timid start. With Neymar as playmaker behind an attacking duo Mbappé – Ekitike, the Parisians entered this unbalanced meeting slowly on paper. Midfielders Carlos Soler, Renato Sanches and Vitinha were slow to get into action and the Ligue 1 residents stumbled on a compact northern block for nearly half an hour.
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Kylian Mbappé during Pays de Cassel – Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de France, January 23, 2023 in Lens
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Pays de Cassel cracks in 6 minutes
If they could have conceded a penalty for a fault on Mbappé which escaped the referee (11th), the Casselois were also very united and combative to slide in front of their surface. As they usually like to do, they also made some nice ball outings thanks to their sentry Baptiste Leclerc.
They even dared to launch a first against which did not succeed and were punished in stride. Nuno Mendes was able to slip to the left of the truth zone and serve Mbappé at the near post for the opener (0-1, 29th). The French international then combined with Neymar who managed to conclude against three defenders to double the lead (0-2, 32nd). Fans exploded in six minutes because Mbappé, launched from afar by Danilo Pereira, still went to deceive Romain Samson (0-3, 34th).
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If Mbappé shone, it was not really the case of the very discreet Ekitike who stumbled on the opposing goalkeeper after an opening from Danilo (36th) then gave way to the young Ismael Gharbi without being highlighted (67th). After a new goal from Mbappé (0-4, 40th), the meeting was clearly bent at the break. Paris, however, played the game to the end with a more biting Vitinha and another achievement from Mbappé following an error by the northern goalkeeper (0-5, 56th).
Samson redeemed himself with a firm hand against incoming Fabian Ruiz (63rd) but was already beaten when Soler scored with a small heel on a pass from Neymar (0-6, 64th). Mbappé finally scored a 5th personal goal with an easy recovery at the far post on a cross from the right (0-7, 79th). He became the very first PSG player to achieve a quintuplet and is now only 4 units from Edinson Cavani’s 200 goals with the capital club.
The Casselois of Samuel Goethals fired only one shot (74th) without really worrying Keylor Navas who simply had to go out in front of the fast Robin Itoua (83rd). They did with their means but also fully lived this meeting which will remain engraved in their memory.
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